Mark Kertzman: Clean air a bipartisan issue |

Mark Kertzman: Clean air a bipartisan issue

In response to David Cain’s letter to the editor, “I beg to differ,” the author makes reference to the carbon fee and dividend plan which legislators from both sides of the aisle can agree.

I find it perplexing today that clean air is associated primarily with the Democrats. History shows us it was actually Republican Presidents that have made some of the greatest impacts in the way of clean air. President Nixon signed into effect in 1970 a sweeping change to the clean air act. Shortly after the EPA was founded. Since particulates have dropped by half in Los Angeles.

The Reagan Administration used a cap-and-trade approach to phase out lead in gasoline. Then, under President George H. W. Bush, the U.S. set up a cap-and-trade system to curb power-plant emissions of sulfur dioxide.

So far in the upcoming election only Bernie Sanders has come out in support of a clear plan placing a fee on carbon and return the proceeds to consumers and promote renewable energy. Perhaps one of the Republican candidates will soon call on the proud past of the party and declare his desire to mitigate climate change as 12 Republican congressmen did recently.

Mark Kertzman

Cambridge, Mass.

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